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Open 4 Business Portal

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Carlisle City Council is providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes.

Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.


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Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP)

10 October 2018/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Advance Notice – Capital funding through grants and loans for public, private and third sector organisations undertaking activities to boost the uptake of low carbon heating network projects for domestic and public buildings in England and Wales.

HNIP will offer grants and capital loans to both the public and private sectors in England and Wales, for networks serving two or more buildings. All HNIP funding mechanisms will be open to all applicant types - public, private and third sector, except central Government Departments.

Eligible Expenditure

The scheme is for Strategic, Optimised, Low Carbon District Heating projects which create no consumer detriment and meet the definition set out in the Heat Networks (Metering and Billing) Regulations 201419 to be eligible. These heat networks must be located in England and/or Wales.

Investment costs eligible for support under the HNIP scheme include:

  • The building of new heat networks (generation, distribution and customer supply).

  • Development of existing heat networks including expansions, refurbishment or the interconnection of existing networks where additional carbon savings can be demonstrated (which can include refinancing or acquisitions).

  • Commercialisation phase and construction costs.

  • Works to access recoverable heat.

  • Costs for heat network infrastructure connected to the generation plant.

Full application details and guidance can be found at this link here.


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